Concerns persist after rash of fires in the open over holiday weekend
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service can report that, despite the warm and sunny weather over the Easter holiday weekend, just one water-related incident required the Service's intervention.
That was near Ross-on-Wye where a town crew and the animal rescue unit from Bromyard assisted two horses and their riders from the River Wye.
Of much greater concern was a spate of 'fires in the open' over the holiday period.
Between 6pm on Thursday and 9.30pm on Monday, the Service was called to 28 such incidents, a much higher number than over previous weekends.
Clearly, the warm weather played its part and the Service would like to remind people of the care needed to avoid outbreaks of fire in such conditions.
Over the weekend and in different parts of the country, mountain fires, such as the one in Blaenau Ffestiniog, and fires on moorland, with 12 separate outbreaks being tackled on Dartmoor and crews fighting fires on Marsden and Ilkley Moors, brought home the stark risk to our surroundings.
The Marsden Moor fire is believed to have been started by a barbecue.
"We are delighted that we did not have more water incidents to deal with over the weekend and the message is that water is still very cold at this time of year," said Group Commander Martin Lown.
"There were a number of fires in the open so we would ask people to remember the risks.
"Fires can start with just a moment's carelessness or inattention so please be extra vigilant and mindful of the dangers of fire when you are out and about in vulnerable areas in warm and dry conditions."